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City Center Bishop Ranch Opens in San Ramon

City Center Bishop Ranch, San Ramon

A new shopping center called City Center Bishop Ranch opened in San Ramon on Bollinger Canyon Rd, across from Shops at Bishop Ranch. There are currently 29 shops, restaurants and a gym listed on their directory, including Berkeley-based Fieldwork Brewing Company (which was PACKED), with Slanted Door and Roam Artisan Burgers opening later this year followed by Ramen Hiroshi, MIXT, Curry Up Now and more eateries opening next year. The place I most wanted to try, Boba Guys, is soft open on weekdays only until their grand opening December 1st. The LOT, a 10 screen movie theater and restaurant will be open in a couple of days, As for stores, West Elm, Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, Athleta, Candle Delirium and smaller boutiques are open now with Anthropologie opening next spring. The gym Equinox is scheduled to open by year end.

The two story rectangular shopping center features a plaza in the center with a grass play area for children (not dogs) with large building blocks, a patio with a water play area for children, and a separate area with seating where live music may be performed. Some interesting aspects of the mall are the food trucks stationed right outside, as well as the falcon to scare off problem birds. (See photos after the jump for a closer look). The parking garages are hidden inside which is a nice touch; just note the stores when you enter the mall so you’ll remember how to get back to your car!

How does City Center Bishop Ranch compare with recently built or remodeled local malls such as Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek and The Veranda in Concord? There are quite a few similarities and differences among the malls but as I strolled down the second floor pathway looking at the stores on the other side on both levels it reminded me a bit of Sunvalley shopping center in Concord, only outdoors. Unlike Broadway Plaza where each store has its own look and feel, all the stores at City Center Bishop Ranch have huge windows with only the store signs having their own design. That will make it much easier as new stores get replaced, but far less interesting.

As you can see from the photo of the outside, some might see a volume “floating” over the street level, as noted by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop while others might view it as a monolithic monstrosity in a box. The inside fares better with the plaza at center, however it’s still quite monotonous throughout. Nevertheless, with numerous eateries, a movie theater, shops and boutiques, it will no doubt become a popular shopping destination. I know I’ll be back, if only for a Boba Guys drink.

More photos including the falcon, food trucks and stores after the jump… Continue Reading


Check Out the Rides while Pumpkin Shopping at Moore’s Pumpkin Patch in San Ramon

19901 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon

With less than a week to go before Halloween, if you’re near San Ramon check out Moore’s Pumpkin Patch where in addition to offering pumpkins there is also a “Family Fun Park complete with rides and attractions”. Check out their website here where they offer a free ride coupon with $15 pumpkin purchase.


Plucked Chicken & Beer Soft Opening Tomorrow at Crow Canyon Commons in San Ramon

Crow Canyon Commons, San Ramon

In March we learned that Plucked Chicken & Beer would be opening in Crow Canyon Commons in San Ramon and their soft opening is tomorrow, Tuesday, June 26th. Although the Eventbrite event is sold out the official opening can’t be far behind. Check out their menu here.

From the event page:

With creative menu items featuring fried chicken, 12 self-service beer taps, a great kid’s menu and some awesome organic ice cream, we have a little something for everyone. We’re excited about our kick off and we hope you can join us. Thank you and see you soon!

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theCoderSchool Opens in San Ramon

Marketplace Shopping Center, San Ramon

theCoderSchool, “a place where kids learn to code all year round” opened recently in the Marketplace Shopping Center in San Ramon. In addition to classes they also offer camps which can be viewed here.

From their website:

Rather than using static one-size-fits-all curriculums, our core program uses an immersion and mentoring approach in a super-small student to teacher ratio (typically 2:1).  This allows our Code Coaches® to personalize and customize based on the students, making for a much more engaging experience.  Instead of linear learning of concepts from a curriculum, we immerse the kids in coding by building stuff and then building more stuff!


Plucked Chicken & Beer Coming to Crow Canyon Commons this Spring in San Ramon

Crow Canyon Commons, San Ramon

The restaurant Plucked Chicken & Beer is opening in Crow Canyon Commons in San Ramon. According to Diablo Dish these are the same owners as Sauced with locations in Livermore and Walnut Creek. Check for updates on their Facebook page here. I wonder what the self-service beer taps will be like…

From their website:

Plucked Chicken & Beer will feature creative and fun dishes made with, you guessed it… chicken! From appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees and an impressive selection of self-service beer taps, we guarantee you’ll leave wanting more.


DunDraCon Gaming Convention in San Ramon Feb 16th – 19th

DunDraCon Gaming Convention:

San Ramon Marriot
2600 Bishop Dr, San Ramon
Friday, February, 16th – Monday, February 19th, 2018
$40 ($60 at the door for entire weekend)

DunDraCon features social games for all ages, including RPGs, LARPs, miniatures, cards, board games, etc. Also this year: RPGA, Protospiel, Pathfinder Society, the War College, seminars, demos, martial arts exhibitions, dealers room, anime room, kid and teen events, open gaming areas and more.